Utopia    Feature 01 May 2016

How to add detail to your home with unique ironmongery, LED lighting and bespoke materials

The smallest details can take already-great kitchens to the next level. Whether it is in carefully considered materials and finishes, clever cabinet interiors or unique ironmongery, these finer touches are what make a kitchen unique…

When it comes to the kitchen, a custom-made design is top of our wish list, however, cabinetry is only the first step. It is the smallest details that make a bespoke project truly personal.

Details can have an aesthetic value — whether that is with well-placed LED lighting, decorative legs and plinths, or an eclectic mix of materials — but they can also be highly ergonomic. Your island and lower cabinets can be raised to perfectly suit your height, inset mirrors can be used to bounce light around a darker space, grooves in handles and knobs make for easy gripping, and soft-close mechanisms will add a sleekness to your design, and so on. Details differentiate an everyday kitchen from a design perfectly suited to you and your space.

Little details separate each kitchen from the next.

The possibilities are endless — rope handles will offer an adventurous twist on traditional shaker cabinetry, while exposed copper hinges will give a stark white kitchen an eccentric flair. Consider open shelving to display trinkets and accessories to subtly inject your personality into your space, spice up your racks and drawer fronts with bespoke engravings, and why not opt for intricate paintwork or embellishments to give your kitchen a dramatic edge?

Choose the right features for you, have fun with it and make your space your own.

Published in Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine